Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

OCC Love Bites Duo
OCC Love Bites Duo

Love Bites Duo ($14.50) (Limited Edition)

This duo features cult-favorite Lip Tar shades, Psycho (Matte) and Lovecraft (Metallic) in “All-Star Mini” tubes. OCC’s densely pigmented, ultra long-wearing formula is made with organic hemp and peppermint oils. Use each shade on its own or combine them together for an intensely fierce customized lip look.

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

What are your favorite cool-toned pinks? It can be such a fun color to wear, because a lot of the blue-based pinks have a brightness to them, which I think is perfect during late winter/early spring when it can be gloomy and gray outside.

  1. NARS Gaiety — cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a matte finish
  2. OCC Mannequin — a pale, cool-toned pink with a matte finish
  3. Hourglass Ethereal Glow — a soft, cool-toned pale pink
  4. MAC Pink Nouveau — a cool-toned, blue-based light-medium pink with a satiny finish
  5. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) — a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a matte finish
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer
OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned pearl.” It’s a pale, warm-toned milky pink with a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, but it was slightly streaky. The consistency was also a bit thicker than average but workable. Cult Nails Angel Whispers (LE, $12.00) has a different finish. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) has larger sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Seething Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lingerie satin pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with metallic, pale gold shimmer/sheen. This applied more evenly than Pleasuremodel, and it had almost no visible brush strokes. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. The lightness coupled with the warmer undertone made this one harder for me to dupe. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. China Glaze Encouragement (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Vapid Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “palest lavender.” It’s a very, very pale lavender (almost like a milky, lavender-white) with a cream finish. This had an impressive application, as the initial coat was almost not streaky at all, and the second coat made the resulting finish smooth and even, plus opaque. It’s the lightest lavender I’ve swatched personally, so while the following shades are the closest I can think of, they’re not very close at all. Illamasqua Speckle (LE, $17.00) has large black glitter. Zoya Marley (P, $9.00) is darker. Zoya Julie (P, $9.00) is darker, shimmery. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer
OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “24K gold with red/green duochrome [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, yellow-red undertones and very fine micro-shimmer that shifts from a coppery-red to a murky green. I tried so hard to capture the duochrome, but it’s really subtle, and despite dozens of photos, no luck. After two coats, there was still visible nail line, and I’d describe the coverage as semi-opaque. It applied evenly, and there weren’t any brush strokes even though it is a more metallic finish. NARS Kismet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more coppery. See comparison swatches.

OCC Deven Green Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “nearly-neon green [with a Creme finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with subtle warm undertones. “Nearly-neon” is exactly right; it’s vibrant, bright, but it’s not quite neon. It was opaque in two coats, and the first coat was a little streaky going on, but the second coat smoothed and evened everything out. The consistency was slightly thick. The only neon green I could think of was China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, which is a true neon green, and it has shimmer, so it’s really not similar at all.

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue [with a Creme finish].” It’s a light-medium blue with a cream finish. It dries down to a satiny finish–there’s some shine, but it’s not glossy. The consistency is slightly thin, but it is opaque after two coats. It was a somewhat streaky going on the first coat, and the second coat covered most of it, but it wasn’t a flawless finish. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, greener. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with OCC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

Here are the final two new Lip Tars from OCC’s spring collection, Plastic Passion. Pool Boy and Kimber are both part of the original, matte formulation of Lip Tars, so they have no shimmer. When you initially apply Lip Tars, you’ll see a satin finish, which dries to a matte finish somewhere between a half hour and an hour after application.   I had no trouble applying either shade, and they both lasted awhile on the lips.

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue.” It’s a light-medium sky blue with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. For something as light and pastel, plus nowhere near the natural lip color (so it’s easier to see any unevenness), I was impressed by how evenly Pool Boy applied. It was very nearly opaque, and it was even overall–it appeared even at a distance, though the close-up photo shows that it’s not perfect. It wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this. If you like mixing and matching, this would be a great way to add a cooler, blue undertone to shades you already have as well.

Kimber Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon orange coral.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with a satin-matte finish. I wouldn’t say it’s neon; it has a muted quality to it, actually. This shade was more satiny compared to the other Lip Tars in the collection, and it takes a little longer (about an hour and a half) for it to become mostly matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage. When I wore it, the color lasted for seven hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. theBalm First Officer (LE) is more matte, slightly less orange. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is a smidgen pinker. See comparison swatches.

Please remember to be respectful of ALL types and forms of beauty; should someone want to wear blue, beige, black, red, or pink lipstick, Temptalia is a place where anyone can wear any color they want without judgment or comments like, “Ew!” It’s not constructive, and one person’s opinion on what’s “pretty” is just that. If it’s not your thing, it’s not your thing, but it might be someone else’s new favorite lip color, and this post is for them. Thank you!

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

OCC Mannequin Lip Tar
OCC Mannequin Lip Tar

Today, I have two of the new Lip Tars from OCC’s spring collection, Plastic Passion. Mannequin and Rollergirl are both part of the original, matte formulation of Lip Tars, so they have no shimmer. When you initially apply Lip Tars, you’ll see a satin finish, which dries to a matte finish somewhere between a half hour and an hour after application.   I had no trouble applying either shade, and they both lasted awhile on the lips.

OCC Mannequin Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “Malibu pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, [very] blue-based pink with a matte finish. It’s incredibly pigmented, and as Lip Tars typically are, a little goes a very long way. It lasted for seven hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is similar–a smidgen purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is also darker, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is similar–a smidgen less blue-based with an almost gray-ish cast in comparison. See comparison swatches.

Rollergirl Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant lavender purple.” It’s a medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense, full color coverage right out of the gate–you need such a minute amount of product to get opaque color.  Rollergirl lasted for over eight hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.  MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is a lot pinker and warmer (not even close, but I wanted to mention it as it is such a popular purple!). Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is darker and slightly shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is cooler-toned and slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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